James Witt

The Spokesman-Review
Monday Morning, November 14, 1921

James Witt Passes Away at Lewiston at Age of 84.

Lewiston, Idaho, Nov. 13. - James Witt, an Oregon pioneer of 1859, died here today at the age of 84 years. After coming to Portland in 1859 he was engaged in ox team freighting from Wallula to Walla Walla for a year, and then went to the Orofino mines in Idaho. Half a million dollars were taken out of a claim owned by Mr. Witt and his father.

The Spokesman-Review
Friday Morning, November 18, 1921

Lewiston, Idaho, Nov. 14 - James Witt, age 84, a pioneer of the Lewiston country, died at his home in East Lewiston yesterday of old age. For several years he has divided his time between the Camas prairie and Lewiston. He served a number of terms as commissioner of Idaho county.

Mr. Witt was born in Kentucky in 1837 and when 20 years old came west with his father to Portland, Ore. He later engaged in running a freight outfit of ox teams between Walla Walla and Wallula. In 1861 he and his father came to Greer's Ferry, on the Clearwater just below Kamiah, where they spent the winter and in the spring they packed into the Elk City district and mined in that region 10 years.

About 1880 Mr. Witt and his father engaged in live stock raising in the Grangeville country and in later years he had been associated with his nephew, J. B. Sloan, in the same line. He was a prominent Mason, being past master of Mount Idaho lodge of Grangeville, which he joined in 1874. He was also past potentate of Calam temple, Mystic Shrine, of Lewiston. Mr. Witt was not married and his nephew is his only surviving relative.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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